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Friday, 9 October 1931

Mr YATES (ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Whether the following statement, appearing in the Labor Daily of the 7th instant, is correct: - " Mr. Eric Tonkin, private secretary to Senator Daly, is one of the officials who have seen federal politics through all its vicissitudes and change of personnel. He was selected by the late Sir Richard Baker, the first President of the Senate, to come across from Adelaide, and he acted as secretary to him. Likewise, Mr. Tonkin filled a similar post to that sturdy old democrat, Mr. C. C. Kingston, when he held office in the Barton Ministry. When Labour grew strong enough to become a power in the Federal Parliament, Mr Tonkin was asked to accept the position of secretary of the Labour Senate leader, the late Senator McGregor."?

2.   What was Mr. Tonkin's age when appointed to the foregoing positions?

3.   What is his present age, status, and length of service, and what positions has he held in the Public Service of the Commonwealth?

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